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Continuous Personal Dust Monitor (CPDM) Training

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As of February 1, 2016, mine operators will be required to use the Continuous Personal Dust Monitor (CPDM) to sample for respirable coal mine dust on working sections of underground coal mines and other areas approved by the District Manager. In addition, the CPDM must be used to sample air for all Part 90 miners, and may be used for sampling at surface mines if approved by the District Manager. The new requirements are contained in the final rule issued by MSHA to protect miners from black lung disease.

All who sample, maintain or calibrate CPDMs must complete an MSHA Course of Instruction, pass an examination, and be certified by MSHA. For the convenience of operators and miners, MSHA is scheduling courses of instruction and certification exams at locations across the country. Each class and exam, held separately for Sampling and for Maintenance & Calibration, will last about 8 hours.

Slide presentations outlining the respective Courses of Instruction are available through the buttons at left. Also available are two sets of Examination Pool Questions, from which the test questions will be pulled. MSHA encourages all candidates for certification to review the materials in order to prepare for the certification process and to be better educated about the responsibilities and duties of those who hold these MSHA certifications.

Registration Information

Scheduled courses are listed below, and more may be added. Advanced registration via phone call or email is REQUIRED to ensure adequate space and instruction resources. Registration contact information is listed below for each location.

In addition, mine operators may request an on-site course presentation by MSHA by contacting their local MSHA District Office beginning May 1, 2015.

For general questions, please contact your local MSHA District Office.

CPDM Training Schedule
Location Schedule Contact Information
National Mine Health & Safety Academy May 27/28
June 2/3
July 7/8
July 28/29
August 11/12
August 25/26
September 9/10
September 22/23
Contact student registration at (304) 256-3252
District 2 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month Daniel Mansell
724-925-5150 ext. 122
District 3 Schedule available upon request William Spens
District 4 2nd Wednesday of each month Roy Baker
304-877-3900 ext. 156
District 5 2nd Wednesday of each month Vernus Sturgill
District 6 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month Stevie Justice
District 7 June 11
July 8
August 12
2nd Wednesday of each month thereafter
Randy Kline
District 8 3rd Monday of each month David Stepp
812-882-7617 ext. 137
District 9 Please get in touch for scheduling information. William (Ed) Vetter
District 10 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month Hubert (Gene) Wright
District 11 2nd Wednesday of each month Russel Weekly
205-290-7300 ext. 287
District 12 2nd Wednesday of each month Ronald Barber